Weber State Knocks Off Utah State In Preparation For Big Mountain Tournament

Jan 8, 2024, 3:16 PM

general view of a weber state hockey game...

Photo courtesy of Brad Allen

SALT LAKE CITY – Weber State Hockey kicked off the second half of their season with a much-needed rivalry win, with a 4 -3 victory over Utah State.

“Simply put, it was a game we needed to have,” Weber State Head Coach Kiyoshi Ryujin said. “Coming out of the break, having struggled at the Beehive Showcase, we couldn’t afford to lose ground on a really good team that is currently ahead of us in the rankings. It also gives us some positive momentum heading into the Big Mountain Showcase next weekend.”

Weber had a strong first period, getting goals from Cole VanOrman, Andrew Alonzo and Cory Mater.

Dylan Harbow scored Utah State’s only first period goal.

When Weber’s Rob Simmons was issued a 5-minute major and a game misconduct, it looked like the Wildcats lack of discipline that had hampered them the first half of the season was going to be their unraveling, again.

Coach Ryujin gives their penalty kill credit for helping gain momentum, “I would say a big moment for us was killing off the 5 minute major at the end of the first period. Even though they tied things up in the 2nd period, being able to keep them off the board during that sequence was big for us.”

Ryujin also credits goaltending for being the difference in the third, “Our Goaltender Owen Yancey had a great game for us. He was solid all night long and had a number of big stops in the third when USU was looking for that tying goal.”

Yancy finished the night with 33 saves on 36 shots, while Utah State’s Titan Anderson finished with 34 saves on 38 shots.

Weber, Other Local Hockey Teams In Standings

Weber State is currently ranked 5th in the ACHA D2 West Rankings, with Utah State at 3rd, and the Utes D2 team ranked 20th.

This year’s Big Mountain Tournament is in Greeley, Colorado and features Weber State, Dakota College at Bottineau, UCLA, Utah State, Texas A&M, Boise State, MSU-Denver, Bowling Green, Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona University, University of Colorado, Denver University, Northern Colorado University, Colorado State, Wyoming, and Metropolitan State University. The tournament begins on January 11.

Weber State is hoping to get their captain. Bryan Fobair back in the lineup in time for the upcoming tournament.

Coach Ryujin told KSL Sports, “It will be nice to get him back in the lineup, especially after having him miss a good chunk of last semester with an injury.”

Utah Puck Report is a podcast all about Utah hockey, from interviews with NHL stars to which Grizzlies players are about to take the next step, Utah Puck Report has everything for a Utah hockey fan. Find it wherever you find podcasts or on KSLSports.com. The show is hosted by KSL Sports’ hockey insider, Jay Stevens.

Utah Puck Report

Jack Eichel #9 of the Vegas Golden Knights controls the puck during the third period of a game agai...

Stephen Whyno

Hot Starts By Vegas, Boston And Historically Bad Start For San Jose Among Early NHL Trends

Nearly a month into the NHL season, Wayne Gretzky's career goals record looks safer than Edmonton's playoff chances.

3 months ago

Trevor Lewis #61 of the Los Angeles Kings during warmups at Crypto.com Arena on October 21, 2023 in...

Jay Stevens

Utah’s Trevor Lewis Celebrates 900th NHL Game

Saturday night at the Staples Center, Salt Lake City native, and current Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis celebrated a remarkable career milestone

4 months ago

utah grizzlies player waits at center ice...

Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

Utah Grizzlies Off To Hot Start In ECHL Playoffs Against Steelheads

The Utah Grizzlies needed a final series sweep against the Tulsa Oilers to qualify for the 2023 ECHL playoffs.

10 months ago

Trevor Lewis of the flames gaurds the puck...

Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

Will The Calgary Flames Re-Sign Local NHL Star Trevor Lewis?

Calgary Flames forward Trevor Lewis has been a valuable asset to the team since signing with them prior to the 2021-2022 season.

10 months ago


Tegan Stevens and Trent Slagle, KSL Sports

Utah Grizzlies Fall In Season Opener To Rapid City Rush

The Utah Grizzlies opened their 2022 schedule with a 5-3 loss at the Maverik Center to the Rapid City Rush.

1 year ago


Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

Calgary Flames’ Trevor Lewis Up To Old Tricks Again

After spending 11 seasons and winning two Stanley Cups with the Kings, Lewis found a new home, with some familiar faces in Calgary.

2 years ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Weber State Knocks Off Utah State In Preparation For Big Mountain Tournament